Containers of disposable gloves should be available in any room or area where patient care takes place.
Gloves come in different sizes, so make sure you choose the right size for a good fit.
- If the gloves are too big, it is hard to hold objects and easier for germs to get inside your gloves.
- Gloves that are too small are more likely to rip.
Some cleaning and care procedures require sterile or surgical gloves. Sterile means "free from germs." These gloves come in numbered sizes (5.5 to 9). Know your size ahead of time.
If you will be handling chemicals, check the material safety data sheet to see what kind of gloves you will need.
Do not use oil-based hand creams or lotions unless they are approved for use with latex gloves.
If you have a latex allergy, use non-latex gloves and avoid contact with other products that contain latex.